New high school requirements approved

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The State Board of Education in Austin voted 14-1 today in favor of adopting new high school graduation requirements for Texas schoolchildren.

The new requirements will take effect in 20 days and will affect current eighth-graders, who are entering high school in the fall.

Denton school district Superintendent Jamie Wilson said by phone Friday that adoption of the new graduation requirements allows the district to “move forward with the planning and education of our parents and students on the new requirements, the new endorsements and the new graduation plans.”

He said the requirements give students flexibility in selecting courses in their field of study.

“It won’t change a lot of what we do,” he said. “We’ve had the Advanced Technology Complex, I think this is our ninth year, so the endorsements will just further advance the work we’re doing that allow students the opportunity to maximize their potential.”

Wilson attended the board’s meeting Friday to see McMath Middle School teacher Ruth Westbrook recognized as a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math Teaching, although he was not present for the board’s adoption of graduation requirements.

Meetings began this week in Denton with eighth-grade students to begin planning for high school, Wilson said. 

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